COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio Democratic Party announced changes to its staff as it puts in place a team for victory in 2012 and beyond. Joining the Ohio Democratic Party, Jerid Kurtz will start as Communications Director, and Meredith Tucker has been hired as Deputy Communications Director. Andrew Zucker will move to Press Secretary.
A lifelong Ohioan, Jerid Kurtz was raised by a family of autoworkers in Dayton and graduated from Miamisburg High School. Moving north, Kurtz spent nearly ten years in Cleveland, earning a B.A. in Political Science and English, and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining the Ohio Democratic Party in March of 2012, Kurtz was privileged to serve numerous Democratic allies, including Governor Ted Strickland and Congressman Tim Ryan. Kurtz also was part of the historic legislative fight to stop Senate Bill 5 in the Ohio State House and end the Republican attacks on workers’ rights.
“Once again, all eyes are on Ohio, and I’m excited to be part of the team that’s fighting to re-elect President Obama, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Democrats across the state,” said Kurtz.
Meredith Tucker began her career of political and legislative work in Northeast Ohio, where she worked for Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones. In 2008, she served as the GOTV Coordinator for Obama for America in Athens, Ohio. After the 2008 cycle, Meredith worked for various campaigns, helping elect Democrats at the local and statewide level. In 2010, she relocated to Columbus to serve as Representative Debbie Phillips’ legislative aide for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus. During Meredith’s time there, Representative Phillips was re-elected to the House and elected to a leadership position as Assistant Minority Whip.
Most recently, she served as the Regional Communications Director in Southern, Southeastern, and Eastern Ohio for the We Are Ohio campaign, resulting in the defeat of Senate bill 5 (Issue 2). Meredith is a native of Lakewood, Ohio; and a proud alumna of Ohio University where she studied political science with a specialization in American Politics.
Andrew Zucker joined the Ohio Democratic Party as Deputy Communications Director in October 2011, taking on the role of Press Secretary in March 2012. A Solon, Ohio native and proud alumnus of Ohio University in Athens with a degree in political communication strategies, Andrew cut his teeth on then-Senator Barack Obama’s historic campaign for president in 2008, crisscrossing the country – from Chicago to Colorado, Iowa to Texas and Minnesota where, as Youth Vote Director, he built the largest and most effective youth vote program in the country. Before joining ODP, Andrew worked for the AFL-CIO as Ohio Deputy Communications Director.
“Seth Bringman has been a tremendous asset to the Ohio Democratic Party and a friend and advisor to our candidates, staff and activists across Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Kyle McDermott. “Seth has forever raised the bar on what it means to be a member of the staff of the Ohio Democratic Party and although they have big shoes to fill, we are confident that the additions of Jerid Kurtz and Meredith Tucker will ensure the ODP continues to have a strong and effective communications team.”